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What does Generative AI

Have to Say about Biologists?

Constant Contact (our newsletter software) made available an opportunity to test generative AI at work, so your ASPB Editor typed in the following statement and clicked on the buttons to request an "announcement" with a "professional tone":

Professional biologists protect the interest of the public.

And within scant seconds, this is what it produced:

As a society, we rely on the expertise of professional biologists to safeguard our health, our environment, and our collective well-being. From monitoring water quality to researching new medicines, these dedicated professionals work tirelessly to protect the interests of the public. Whether they are analyzing data, conducting experiments, or advocating for policy changes, biologists play a critical role in ensuring that our communities thrive. At a time when the world is facing unprecedented challenges, the importance of their work cannot be overstated. So let us take a moment to recognize and appreciate the vital role that professional biologists play in safeguarding our future.

Interesting, isn’t it!

Don’t forget to join Generative AI Officer Mike Mason from Thoughtworks for a complementary webinar hosted by the ASPB between 16:00 and 18:00 hrs on September 12th.

Is AI relevant to you?

Join us with Mike Mason


at 4:00 pm Sept. 12



Field Law-

Human Rights Claims After Termination:

A Valid Release Puts the Past in the Past

A recent decision from the Alberta Human Rights Commission reminds us that an employee’s human rights complaint will not be able to proceed if the employee has signed a valid release upon the termination of their employment. Read more HERE

The ASPB Conference Committee

Invites Conference Sponsors

The ASPB Annual Conference and AGM will be held in Red Deer, November 22-24, 2023.

Sponsorship Packages are available


ASPB Board Proposes Bylaw Changes

To build continuity with the Board and the Leadership of the organization, the ASPB Board of Directors has put forth proposed Bylaw changes to be voted on at the upcoming AGM, to be held on November 24, 2023 at Red Deer, AB. You can view the proposed changes HERE.



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Environmental Scientist - Biologist

Environmental Planner - Team Lead

Wildlife Biologist/Ecologist

Int./Sr. Environmental Scientist

Senior Aquatic Biologist

Senior Ecologist

Wetland Specialist

Sr. or Int. Wildlife Biologist

Project Biologist

Regulatory Specialist

Executive Director

Senior Fisheries Biologist

Manager of Compliance - Temp.

Junior Agrologist

Fish and Wildlife Biologists

Environmental Specialist

Senior Terrestrial Biologist

Ag. Service Board Unit Manager

Senior Aquatic Ecologist

Senior Biologist





Social Media and Freedom of Speech

A recent article published by Field Law notes that the Ontario Superior Court has upheld Regulator’s Limits in the case of professional psychologist Jordan Peterson: “The Jordan Peterson case serves as a significant reminder for professional regulatory organizations to delicately balance the constitutional right to freedom of speech with the imperative to uphold professional standards.” The full article can be found on the Field Law website HERE.

ASPB Board Nominations Open

The Board of Directors of the ASPB has appointed Past President Victoria Lukasic as Chair of the 2023 Nominating Committee. The positions of President Elect, Board Secretary and three Directors are open for election at the Annual General Meeting on November 24, 2023 at Red Deer, AB. If you are a professional ASPB registrant, and are interested in putting your name forward for one of these positions, please contact the Past President through the office ( or the Executive Director HERE.

Take your camera to work!

(or your smartphone if you prefer)

The ASPB Conference Committee is hosting a photo contest in 2023,

and will announce the winners at the annual conference in November.

Photo submission guidelines are HERE.


Generative AI:

A Workshop for Biologists

This complimentary two-hour workshop, facilitated by Mason and hosted by the Alberta Society of Professional Biologists on the Zoom platform, is scheduled for Tuesday September 12, 2023 beginning at 04:00, MDT.

The Zoom link for most Canadian attendees is:  

Wetland Webinar:

Recovery and Resistance

Dr. Rebecca Rooney will present a webinar on Recovery and Resistance; restoring the wetland plant community after invasive reed control. Registration for this free webinar at 12:00 - 13:00 CST on September 19 can be found at: as part of the Wetland Knowledge Exchange’s monthly webinar series.

Legislation and Conducting
Projects Near Water
Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) in Ontario, Prairie and Arctic regions are providing information sessions on DFO Legislation and Conducting Projects Near Water. To attend the September session, click here: September 19, 2023 @11:00 – 12:30 CST and allow the link to open in your web browser (please use Chrome or Edge). If you have the Teams application installed, click on “Open in Microsoft Teams” in the pop-up window or “Launch it Now”. If you do not have the Teams application installed, click “Join on the Web Instead”.


The ABMI’s Intactness Index—Measuring Biodiversity, on Wednesday, September 27, 2023. Register here.

Whitebark Pine Science and
Management Conference in October
The annual Whitebark Pine Science and Management Conference will take place October 12 and 13, 2023 in Revelstoke, BC. There will also be two optional field trips: a pre-conference trip on October 11 to tour the Kalamalka Research Center in Vernon, and a post-conference trip on October 14 to visit 5-needle pine stands near Golden. Early Bird Registration is open until June 30, and here you can find: Conference details and Registration.
fRI Research to Host Forum
In Edmonton, October 24-26
After a prolonged hiatus due to health restrictions, fRI Research is excited to provide an opportunity for resource practitioners, policy makers, scientists, and community leaders to review and discuss new research findings related to mountain pine beetle. Major concerns targeted by this research include climate change, anthropogenic intervention, forest composition, socio-economic values, watersheds and their impact on water flow, biota, species at risk, and public safety as it pertains to wildfire. You can learn more about the forum and register HERE
NABC Banding Workshop
and Certification in Belize
Hosted by the Toucan Ridge Ecology and Education Society at the TREES Research Center in the Maya Mountains of Belize, these sessions will be held November 11-15, 2023 and November 17-18, 2023. For full information visit
Legislation and Conducting
Projects Near Water
Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) in Ontario, Prairie and Arctic regions are providing information sessions on DFO Legislation and Conducting Projects Near Water. To attend the November session, click here: November 21, 2023 @ 11:00-12:30 CST and allow the link to open in your web browser (please use Chrome or Edge). If you have the Teams application installed, click on “Open in Microsoft Teams” in the pop-up window or “Launch it Now”. If you do not have the Teams application installed, click “Join on the Web Instead”.
ASPB 2023 AGM and Conference
The ASPB 2023 Annual Conference will be on November 22, 23, and 24 at the Red Deer Resort and Casino in Red Deer, Alberta.
For More Information Go



  • How to Use Range Plant Community Guides and Recovery Strategies Manuals for Project and Reclamation Planning in Grasslands Cassils Hall, near Brooks, Alberta - September 13th, 2023
  • Hands on! Grassland Assessment Training Antelope Creek Ranch, near Brooks, Alberta, September 14th, 2023
  • Grassland Restoration Forum Fall Information Session GRF Fall Information Session, Claresholm, Alberta, November 16th, 2023. The theme this year is SEEDS. A meeting of the Southern Alberta Native Seed Collaborative (SANSC) is planned for the following day.

Register online for the above events HERE. For more information, contact or call Donna Watt at 403-563-8925.



Thanks to the generous support of the Columbia Basin Trust and KCP, we are able to offer this series free of charge. For full details and registration please go



Fish Habitat Restoration – Instream Techniques – Self Paced – September 4th, 2023

Electrofishing Certification – Online (self-paced) & Dartmouth (Lower Sackville), 6th September 2023

Electrofishing Certification – Online & Fort McMurray, 12th September 2023

Electrofishing Certification – Online (self-paced) & North Vancouver, 14th September 2023

Ichthyology – Online, September 14-15, 2023

Electrofishing Certification – Online (self-paced) & Cochrane, 15th September 2023

Amphibian and Reptile Salvage Methods (Online) September 27-28, 2023

Wetland Assessment – Online, September 27-28, 2023

Electrofishing Certification – Online (self-paced) & Prince George, 29th September 2023

Snorkel Survey Techniques – September 29th (Online) & October 27th (Courtenay)


For course details and the full calendar of upcoming courses the link is here:

Blended Course: Alberta Wetland Rapid Evaluation Tool – Actual (ABWRET-A), Online Content + Live Streaming Class: Fall 2023 Registration Now Open

Blended Course: Grassland Vegetation Inventory (GVI): A User’s Guide, Online Content + Live Streaming Class Fall 2023 Registration Now Open

Understanding ACIMS Tools Online Course
Alberta Soil Information Viewer Online Course
Alberta Wetland Policy Basics Online Course
Navigating the Alberta Soil Information Viewer Video Short (free)
Registration Link:
Wetland Water Cycle Video Short (free)
Registration Link: 

THE CONNECTOR is a compilation of applied science and land management event listings, across a variety of sectors and disciplines, published monthly.

Alberta Utilities Commission Will Continue

to Process Renewable Energy Applications


According to a media release dated August 22, 2023, the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) will continue to process applications up to the approval stage for new hydro developments and power plants that produce renewable electricity, while the approval pause period is in effect. The AUC is prohibited from issuing approvals until the pause period expires.


On August 3, 2023, the AUC had issued an announcement asking stakeholders to provide feedback on three options for implementing the approval pause or to suggest alternative implementation options, and received nearly 600 stakeholder submissions. The Generation Approvals Pause Regulation had been enacted through a concurrent order-in-council, prohibiting the AUC from issuing approvals from August 3, 2023, to February 29, 2024, for new hydro developments or power plants that produce renewable electricity, subject to certain exceptions for small power plants, isolated generating units and micro-generation.

On August 23, 2023, Jorden Dye, acting director of the Business Renewables Centre-Canada, made the following statement in response to the AUC announcement: "In the absence of the Alberta government removing the moratorium, the Alberta Utilities Commission took the least worst option. The speed of the decision is a good beginning, signaling to the market that they understand the severity of the market risk introduced by the moratorium. Despite this action, a new layer of uncertainty has been added for developers to deal with, as the AUC says it is going to require new interim information on issues such as agricultural land, viewscapes and reclamation security for new applications. The AUC says these new requirements will be issued "shortly" and we encourage them to move with all speed in providing this direction to the market." 

We regularly receive notifications from Google Scholar Alerts and other sources which we select and share below in the BIWEEKLY. Here is the latest batch (the links are HOT):

Whose line is it anyway? Moose (Alces alces) response to linear features

Farming Smarter Pollination Conservation Project Report

Using a Cost-Distance Time-Geographic Approach to Identify Red Deer Habitat Use in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

Pollinator Sanctuaries: a new model for pollinator insect conservation


Pollinator animals: an overview

Recolonization following past persecution questions the importance of persistent snow cover as a range limiting factor for wolverines


Pest Elaterids of North America: New Insights and Opportunities for Management

Montana climate case delivers win for youth, science, and the environment


Prioritizing bull trout recovery actions using a novel cumulative effects modelling framework


Efficacy of one‐time rotenone application for Westslope Cutthroat Trout restoration in Boulder Creek, Montana

Zinc Water Quality Guidelines-Freshwater Aquatic Life


Modelling migratory behaviour and habitat use of fish in a large, uninterrupted river network: A case study of a migratory salmonid


Embryo definition needs to change

Confounding effects of snow cover on remotely sensed vegetation indices of evergreen and deciduous trees: An experimental study

Existing flower preference metrics disagree on best plants for pollinators: which metric to choose?

Wastewater-based epidemiology of Campylobacter spp.: A systematic review and meta-analysis of influent, effluent, and removal of wastewater treatment plants

A GIS Look at Woody Plant Encroachment (WPE): Mapping Grassland Degradation Through Habitat Succession


Predicting favourable streams for anadromous salmon spawning and natal rearing under climate change

Lawns represent an incredible loss of habitat.


Corridor-based approach with spatial cross-validation reveals scale-dependent effects of geographic distance, human footprint and canopy cover on grizzly bear …


Low-impact line construction retains and speeds recovery of trees on seismic lines in forested peatlands

Predation potential and life history of three nabid species as biological control agents of pests in Canadian Greenhouses

In the battle of hummingbirds versus wasps, pick a side


Matching Management Objectives to the Fast-Paced Life of Pronghorn


The United States annually drops more than nine million delicious ketchup-packet-sized doses of rabies vaccine


The evolving circle of landscape design


Are IPCAs the future of conservation in Canada



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Cranes over the South Saskatchewan

Photo credit Phil Taylor


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